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The Mercury Cars Guide : June 20th 2009
Saturday, June 20, 2009 Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au —3 Lexus seeks greener pasture Thesecond- generation Lexus RX450hhybridSUV ticks all the boxes, reportsMark Hinchliffe B IGGER, sexier, greener, more drivable, more po- tent, yet even cheaper. The second-generation Lexus RX450h SUV hy- brid has a bigger footprint on the road and a masculine look, but has advanced driving dynamics, and improved environmental creden- tials. And all this comes at a more affordable price. Rather than one specification lev- el, it now arrives in three trim levels which mirror the three variants of the petrol-engined RX350. The‘‘base’’ model Prestige starts at $89,900 which is almost $8000 less than the previous hybrid model, but has smart start, a 12-speaker Mark Levinson sound system and a remote-touch computer system. Half of that saving is due to the exemption from the luxury car tax because its combined fuel economy is less than seven litres per 100km. With a fuel consumption figure of 6.4 litres per 100km, it is the first hybrid to qualify for LCT exemption. Lexus Australia boss John Roca said the other part of the price reduction was due to more efficient hybrid technology production proc- esses. The replacement battery cost NEW LOOK: The Lexus RX450h SUV is bigger, sexier and greener. alone, has been halved, although Lexus claims it is yet to replace a battery in Australia. Prices for the other trim levels are $96,900 for the Sports and $107,900 for the Sports Luxury. The premium over the petrol model is $8000 for the Prestige and Sport and $13,000 for the Sports Luxury. Roca said dealers had taken about two monthsof orders, or 120 vehicles, even though they assumed the price would be about $10,000 above the previous model which cost $97,545. ‘‘In normal circumstances that would not be groundbreaking, but in these (economic) conditions, it is very promising and clearly shows that consumer interest in hybrid continues to grow,’’ he said. Roca expects to sell 60 a month which is a 70 per cent increase on the RX400h and represents 30 per cent of all RX sales. The new RX hybrid is 10 per cent more powerful than the RX400h with a combined peak power output of 220kW. The power gains are largely through the use of an efficient Atkinson Cycle V6 engine which has a higher compression ratio (12.5:1) than an Otto Cycle engine. It is combined with direct ignition, Quad- Cam Multi-valves and dual Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-i) to optimise efficiency plus two electric motors. At the same time, the vehicle is 23 per cent more efficient, but surpris- ingly for a hybrid it is more efficient on the highway cycle (6.1L/100km) than around town (6.6). This is due to a number of strategies such as better aerody- namics, low-friction bearings and oil, and ECU management. Greenhouse gas emissions are reduced to small torque LexusRX450h Prices:$89,900(Prestige), $96,900(Sports),$107,900 (Sports Luxury) Engine: Hybrid drive 3456cc, 24-valveV6DOHCpetrol Motor: FrontandrearAC synchronous, permanentmagnet BoreXStroke(mm):94.0x83 Compression: 12.5:1 Combinedpower:220kW@ 6000rpm Torque:317Nm@4800rpm Battery: High voltage Nickel Metal Hydride (Ni-MH) Voltage:288V Transmission: Part-time 4-wheel drive, electrically controlled, continuously variable with sequential shiftmode Performance:0-100km/hin 7.8 seconds Fuel:95octane, 65-litre tank Economy:6.4L/100km(combined) CO2emissions:150g/km (combined), Euro4 Suspension: Coil springs (standard), air suspension (optional),MacPhersonstrut, double wishbone rear Brakes: Ventilated discs,ABS, electronically controlled braking, electronic brakeforce distribution, brake assist, traction controland stability control Dimensions(mm):4770(l), 1885 (w), 1720 (h),2740(wheelbase) Track(mm):1630(front),1620 (rear) 150g/km, which is less than a Toyota Corolla. TheRX450h will be available in the market from July 13. END OF FINANCIAL YEAR SALE! CLEARANCE SALE The CLK 280 Coupe Avantgarde Sports Package. • Avantgarde Model-line features • Metallic paint • COMAND APS (SAT NAV) • 17? AMG 5-spoke alloy wheels • AMG body styling 1 ONLY! $89,990 DRIVE AWAY VOLVO FINDERS KEEPERS SALE UP TO $8,000 hidden in every new 2009 modeL^ Actually, you can afford an italian car. 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